Global Railroad & Transport Management (SIRA)

Cultivating international railroad experts with global perspectives

Global Railroad & Transport Management

Why Choose Railroad Integrated Systems?

South Korea is a leader in the global high-speed rail market, with its home-grown rail technology and operational know-how. As high-speed train travel spreads around the world, there is a growing demand for experts in all areas of the industry. Our students learn everything from the basics of road-bed design to the sophisticated aspects of digital signalling, computer aided design, project planning, global logistics, and more that make high-speed train travel possible. Student interaction with our local partner KORAIL (Korea Railroad Corporation), provides an in-depth understanding of railroad practicalities. If you would like to be at the forefront of railroad integrated systems, then our program is the one for you. Job opportunities include positions in private and public railroad administration & management industries worldwide.

Trains are rapidly becoming the 21st century’s preferred mode of transportation due to their speed, level of comfort, environmental sustainability and high passenger capacity. As such, investments in railways and railroad technology are on the rise worldwide. Because Woosong University has long-term experience in railway management and has received accolades of excellence for its performance in training high-speed bullet train operators, it was decided to offer this expertise to local and international students in the English language. Now, students from everywhere can appreciate and enjoy the knowledge they gain and become highly competitive in the international market of railroad management.

This program offers opportunities to gain hands-on experience with public and private companies including Korea Network Research Association (KNRA), Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL), and Hyundai Construction. Due to these partnerships, we can boast one of the highest employment rates for graduates among comparable academic institutions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in overseas internships.

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Railroad Integration Fields

  • Passenger transfer and traffic link connection technology
  • Railway car technology
  • Train station construction technology
  • Roadbed construction technology
  • Train system-related technology

Qualifications & Certificates

  • Railroad Construction
  • Railway Electrical Systems and Signaling
  • Railway Operator License
  • other train-related licensures

Potential Career Paths

  • State-Enterprises – Korea Rail Network Authority, KORAIL, Seoul Metro, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit, etc.
  • Companies involved in Railroad Systems and Technology - Korean construction companies, construction inspection companies, etc.
  • Graduate School and Research Institutes - Korea Railroad Research Institute, graduate studies at one of our partner universities from the United States of America, Australia, Russia, China, Vietnam, etc.

Quick Facts: 2017

Program Highlights:

  • A strong affiliation with locally based Korea Rail (KORAIL) enables opportunities for students to learn from practical R&D facilities.
  • Fulfils the need for global railroad talent development through various government funding
  • Educating global leaders and administrators to facilitate the expansion of cross-country and cross-continent railway
  • Involves students in railroad related research.
  • Frequent field visits and invited talks from executives from railway industries.

Specialized courses:

Technical Railroad Engineering, Railroad Structures, Railroad Signalling Systems, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Programming Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Programming
Management Global Railroad marketing, Railroad Quality Control Management, Project Planning, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Risk Management
Awareness Railroad System Theory, Electrical Traction Systems, Power Supply for Railroads, Materials for Railroad Construction, Regulations for Urban Railroad Driving
Practical Railroad Control System, Urban Railroad System, Railroad Seminars

Skills Learned:

  • Railway driver’s licence
  • Safety licence
  • Project management certification
  • Knowledge of international railroad projects
  • Control and management of railroad office operations
  • Understand railroad layout and structure network
  • Project management of 4th Industrial Revolution (i.e. industry 4.0)

International Partnerships:

  • Shandong Jiaotong University – China
  • Jilin Railway Vocational and Technical College – China
  • Tribhuvan University – Nepal
  • Ho Chi Min University of Transport – Vietnam

Competitive Advantages:

  • The only department in Sol International School (SIS) that offers an engineering degree and whose curriculum provides diverse fundamental engineering courses (all taught in English):
  • Project- and application-orientated classes.
  • Continual enhancement of technical, scientific and business English skills.
  • Field trips to advanced railway sites and facilities.
  • Elective second foreign language course taught by native speakers.
  • Multicultural educational environment enables graduates to be highly competitive in global labour market.
  • Railway-related licences and certificates.
  • Active involvement in various domestic/ international conference and exhibition

Potential Career Paths:

  • Railroad construction engineer (civil / mechanical)
  • Track construction engineer (electrical / signal)
  • Locomotive driver
  • Station employee / staff
  • Administrative staff, such as: KORAIL / metro trains / high-speed rail / light rail
  • Project management at transportation-related corporations
  • Officers at Government’s Ministry of Transportation
  • Global railroad safety officer
  • Logistic and supply chain manager/administrator
  • Railroad Association manager/administrator

These are the pertinent classes available for students in the Global Railroad and Transportation Logistics of Railroad major.

Global Railroad Class List
YEAR 1

Spring

SIRA1561 General Management
SIRA1411 Fundamentals of Railway System 1
SIRA1421 Railway Terminology
General Education

Summer

Fall

SIRA1452 Fundamentals of Railway System 2
SIRA1432 Applied Calculus
SIRA1752 Basic Computer Programming
GENR1213 Software Fundamentals Education 1
General Education

YEAR 2

Spring

SIRA2541 University Physics
SIRA2551 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
SIRA2441 Applied Statistics
SIRA2561 Computer Aided Design (CAD)
GENR2211 Software Fundamentals Education 2
General Education

Fall

SIRA2752 Statics
SIRA2742 Fundamentals of Electronics
SIRA2422 Project Management
SIRA2552 Railway Structures
General Education

YEAR 3

Spring

SIRA2451 Mechanics of Materials
SIRA3661 Soil Mechanics for Railways
SIRA3431 Global Supply Chain Management
General Education

Fall

SIRA3752 Railway Electrical Traction Systems
SIRA3442 Global Human Resource Management
SIRA3822 Railway Foundation Engineering
SIRA3672 Railway construction
General Education

YEAR 4

Spring

SIRA4451 Regulation for Urban Railway Driving
SIRA4461 Railway Control & Signaling System
SIRA4421 Transport Safety
SIRA4431 Multimodal Integrated Transportation
General Education

Fall

SIRA4522 Thesis Writing Workshop
SIRA4622 Global Business Strategy
SIRA4632 Public Transportation Systems
SIRA4542 Global Enterprise Resource Planning Management
General Education

Transportation Logistics of Railroad Class List
YEAR 1

Spring

SIRA1561 General Management
SIRA1411 Fundamentals of Railway System 1
SIRA1421 Railway Terminology
General Education

Summer

Fall

SIRA1452 Fundamentals of Railway System 2
SIRA1432 Applied Calculus
SIRA1752 Basic Computer Programming
GENR1213 Software Fundamentals Education 1
General Education

YEAR 2

Spring

SIRA2541 University Physics
SIRA2551 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
SIRA2441 Applied Statistics
SIRA2561 Computer Aided Design (CAD)
GENR2211 Software Fundamentals Education 2
General Education

Fall

SIRA2752 Statics
SIRA2742 Fundamentals of Electronics
SIRA2422 Project Management
SIRA2552 Railway Structures
General Education

YEAR 3

Spring

SIRA2451 Mechanics of Materials
SIRA2521 Introduction to Logistics
SIRA3431 Global Supply Chain Management
General Education

Fall

SIRA3632 Transport Planning and Demand Analysis
SIRA3442 Global Human Resource Management
SIRA3822 Railway Foundation Engineering
SIRA3672 Railway construction
General Education

YEAR 4

Spring

SIRA4641 Survey in Transport and Logistics
SIRA4441 Regulation for Urban Railway Driving
SIRA4421 Transport Safety
SIRA4431 Multimodal Integrated Transportation
General Education

Fall

SIRA4522 Thesis Writing Workshop
SIRA4622 Global Business Strategy
SIRA4632 Public Transportation Systems
SIRA4542 Global Enterprise Resource Planning Management
General Education

2020 Course Descriptions Global Railroad and Transportation Management

Course Name Class Description
Fundamentals of Railway System 1 This course provides an interdisciplinary and overview of railroad industry history and its components. The course will include case studies along with theoretical concepts, which ensure that students leave the program with a broad and practical view of the modern railroad industry. The course will require students to use creative thinking and teamwork for solving open-ended problems. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding in the fundamentals of the railroad infrastructure, passenger and freight operations and equipment, know the principle components and terminology used in different aspects of rail transportation, and understand the uniqueness of rail transportation when compared with other transportation modes.
This course will cover a wide variety of topics within the railroad field, including different rail transit modes, railroad history, railroad operations, motive power and train characteristics, and safety issues.
General management This course is an introduction to the management function. It will focus on the theory and fundamental concepts of management including planning, organization, leadership, and control. This class will review the evolution of management thought, function, practice, and will stress current approaches and emerging concepts.
Railway Terminology This course is a part of core Railway engineering and deals with Rail terminology. Rail terminology is a form of technical terminology. We will go through various terms, acronyms, and abbreviations of various engineering fields used commonly when studying railroad engineering.
Fundamentals of Railway system 2 This course is the continuation of ‘Fundamentals of Railroad System-1’ taught in an earlier semester. This course provides an interdisciplinary and overview of the railroad industry and its components. The course will include case studies along with theoretical concepts, which ensure that students leave the program with a broad and practical view of the modern railroad industry.
This course will cover some advanced topics within railroad field such as track design and analysis, basics of signals and communications, construction and maintenance, and basic track elements & design.
Applied Calculus The primary objective of this course is to provide students with insight into the mathematical principles that govern engineering and to provide them with the tools they need to successfully navigate their way through the engineering program. The first part of the course covers a number of basic but significant concepts that build up to the introduction of calculus. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply calculus to real world problems thus allowing them to see first-hand the relevance of mathematics in engineering. The second part of the course continues with higher mathematics and their applications to engineering, natural and economical sciences.
Basic computer programming This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer programming. Students will develop skills in designing, writing, and debugging simple computer programs using high-level programming language. Emphasis will be given on developing computer programming skills using computer programming in C.
University Physics The calculus-based introductory fundamental physics course is intended for railway engineering majors. The primary aim of the course is to prepare students for further studies of various engineering courses. Upon the completion of the course, students must: 1) Understand physical processes in terms of conventional physical laws, principles, quantities, and SI units; 2) Apply this understanding to solving engineering-orientated problems.
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Electrical and Systems Engineering plays a major role in modern railway design. It can be found in monitoring, power and energy systems, data acquisition and analysis, etc. Basic electrical engineering concepts will be covered in this course and these concepts will be applied to common electrical problems students are likely to encounter in their careers.
Applied Statistics This course will introduce students to basic statistics. It will then proceed to more advanced statistical concepts. Students will then be introduced to statistical applications in engineering where they will be exposed to the role statistics plays in certain aspects of engineering. Students will gain experience integrating statists into their problem solving techniques in order to successfully solve engineering problems.
Statics This course deals with the analysis of force and moment systems for static equilibrium of trusses, beams, frames and machines, an element of frictions, centroid, the center of gravity, the center of mass, and moment of inertia. A detailed introduction on static equilibrium conditions and vector algebra for determining forces and moments on particles and bodies will be a part of this course. Determination of center of mass and moments of inertia and its application in analysis of static engineering structures will be thoroughly introduced
Fundamentals of Electronics Electronic systems are ubiquitous in today’s world and in order for engineers and scientists to be able to function properly in their roles; they must have a solid understanding of the fundamentals in this field. This course will familiarize students with standard semiconductor materials and components such as diodes and transistors. The course will also cover analysis of circuits containing various electronic components.
Project Management The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of railroad project management and expand on the tools, techniques, and benefits of using a standard project management methodology.
Mechanics of Materials This class deals with the stresses, strains, and displacements of near-stationary structures subjected to applied loads. This is a traditional field in engineering education and is taught in almost all mechanical and civil engineering curricula
Introduction to Logistics The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of how to be responsible for efficient and effective production of services and products in an ethical and environmentally responsible way while being responsive to the global market place.
Global Supply Chain Management The knowledge provides in this unit will help the students to understand the significance of supply chain management decisions and supply chain performance decisions for the success of a firm.
This course is designed to provide the students with the basic understanding of what supply chain management is and the various issues that must be considered when designing, planning, or operating a supply chain for a firm.
Transport Planning and Demand Analysis Vital decisions concerning the design and improvement of transportation infrastructure should be made with the help of various transportation planning techniques. Transport demand is a quantitative input to evaluate supply strategy of transport facilities and facilities use planning. Transport demand forecasting is to predict future transport demand when establishing transport plans within a given budget. The forecast is based on current transport pattern; drastic changes can result in prediction error
Global Human Resource Management This course is an introduction to Global Human Resources Management. This unit explores the implications that the process of internationalization has for Human Resource Management (HRM) activities and policies. In particular, students will be able to explore how HRM is practiced in multinational enterprises (MNEs).
Global Human Resource Management (GHRM) refers to those activities undertaken by an organization to utilize its human resources effectively.
The unit presents these topics in an international context by explicitly considering the context of the multinational enterprise. They are not only essential for managers to successfully perform their day-to-day management responsibilities but also to achieve the organizational goals.
Railway Foundation Engineering A foundation is the element of an architectural structure which connects it to the ground, and transfers loads from the structure to the ground. Foundations are generally considered either shallow or deep.[1] Foundation engineering is the application of soil mechanics and rock mechanics (Geotechnical engineering) in the design of foundation elements of structures.
Regulation for Urban Railway Driving Safe and interoperable rail traffic depends on competent staff to fulfill operational tasks in a safe and reliable manner. Majority of the students in the department desire to obtain the train-driver certificate before they graduate.
Survey in Transport and Logistics More than a third of transport and logistics executives believe that robotic process automation will bring the biggest change in their industry in the next decade. Almost a quarter expect that artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the transport and logistics sector.
Transport Safety Transportation safety is concerned with the protection of life and property. The quality and cost of transport services have a major impact on the ability of businesses to complete, on economic growth and the quality of life. Enhancing safety and security is all transport modes is a key for making the industry running smoothly.
Multimodal Integrated Transportation Goods are delivered from the source of manufacture/production to the consumer, which often travel thousands of kilometers over land, sea and air. Multimodal transport (also known as combined transport) is the delivery of goods utilizing at least two different modes (rail, sea, road etc.) of transportation.
In this course, students will have complete understanding on different intermodal transportation. The pros & cons and facilities required for each type of transportation.
Thesis Writing Workshop This course covers the fundamental concepts of successfully writing the senior thesis (or journal paper) and the research proposal. For the most student, this is the most difficult part of an extended research project, this is mainly because students are confused with where to begin, how to start, or what to start with.
There is no single way to conduct a research project. The excellent advice to tackle down the research is to break it down into smaller parts; however, the problem is to know how to break such a project down into its constituent pieces. This course will teach students how it can be done step-by-step, precisely where to begin and how to find the finish. This course, however, will help students gather helpful advice designed to help students write the best possible thesis (or technical paper) they can. The thesis project can be broken down into essentially three parts: project development, researching and drafting, and revising. Ideally, 1/3 of the time should be spent in each part.
Global Business Strategies This course is an introduction to global business strategy. The exchange of goods or services along international borders. This type of trade allows for a greater competition and more competitive pricing in the market. The competition results in more affordable products for the consumer. The exchange of goods also affects the economy of the world as dictated by supply and demand, making goods and services obtainable which may not otherwise be available to consumers globally.
Public Transportation systems The course starts with the history of different modes of transportation and the role it has played in the civilization of human kind. The course will gradually develop on the features of each modes of transportation and the current scenario of public transportation.
The course will also show the direction of the public transportation for the future.
Global Enterprise Resource Planning Management Enterprise resource management (ERM) is a process used by companies to manage and integrate the important parts of their businesses. The ERM system integrates varied organizational systems and facilitates error-free transactions and production, thereby enhancing the organization's efficiency. Examples of ERM system modules include: product lifecycle management, supply chain management which cover for example purchasing, manufacturing and distribution, warehouse management, customer relationship management, sales order processing, online sales, financials, human resources, and decision support system.
Soil Mechanics for Railways  
Railway Electrical Traction Systems This course will provide students with significant knowledge of the electrical networks and delivery systems involved in the electrification of railroads. It will also provide an in depth coverage of the AC and DC motors and drivers used in traction systems. Furthermore, it will also touch on the mechanical components and supporting infrastructure required to realize these systems.
Railway Control & Signaling Systems The following topics will be covered in this course
Interlocking and the four types of basic switch locking logic that assures safe operation.
Multiple track circuit technology
TCS(Traffic Control System) and ATC(Automatic Train Control)